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Women’s Wear Line Sanctuary Launches Footwear for SS20

Los Angeles-based lifestyle brand Sanctuary has announced the launch of its first footwear collection for Spring 2020.

The contemporary women’s wear brand harnesses a casual-yet-polished California aesthetic. Its complementary shoe collection will be produced with footwear licensing company Highline United, LLC with a 100-SKU range that includes sandals, slides, wedges, kitten heels, mocs, and booties, priced from $99 to $249.

Founded by husband and wife team Ken and Debra Polanco (CEO and chief creative officer, respectively), the 22-year-old brand focuses on bringing inclusive sizing to ready-to-wear styles. Sanctuary’s collection of denim and separates ranges from size extra small to 3X, and pants are available up to size 24W.

The company also touts its commitment to sustainable supply chain practices, which it advances through a program called Smart Creation. According to the brand’s website, the platform champions the use of low-impact fibers like linen and Tencel, recycled plastics and advanced wash processes for denim that require a fraction of the water normally used in the production of jeans. One of the forthcoming collection’s shoes, an upcycled jogger, will feature an outsole made from coffee grinds and corn starch.

“It has been such a joy collaborating with the Highline United team on something I am so passionate about—the joy of shoes,” Debra Polanco said in a statement. “The collaboration on this collection comes from the best of both worlds. The shoes represent Sanctuary’s modern, yet timeless style with approachable prices to match our core DNA. We’re all already lining up.”

Highline United’s president of sales and design, Christine Fuchs, said the collection prizes wearability and versatility in its forthcoming silhouettes.

“The styles are elevated and modern, but tie back to the heritage of Sanctuary apparel,” she said, adding that the partnership will tap into “engineered sustainable components that will be used throughout our footwear collections.”

Sanctuary offered buyers and press a sneak peek of the assortment in June at FFANY in New York City, and will showcase the collection at Platform in Las Vegas next week. The brand’s wholesale partners include companies like Revolve, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Anthropologie and Macy’s.